Minute Maid Park
A train isn’t what most people expect to see at a baseball stadium, but the Astros’ official ballpark has exactly that. As a throwback to the railroad that’s the basis for the city of Houston, the park’s miniature train chugs around a roof track as a celebration OF the team’s successes.
Where to Go
Catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park, explore the shops at GreenStreet, see a show at Theater Under the Stars, take a stroll through Discovery Green, or watch an outdoor movie over a picnic at Market Square Park.
Just several years ago, there wasn’t much reason for a visitor to go to downtown Houston. It mainly consisted of offices and government buildings by day and a few questionable clubs by night. Now, the entire area has been revitalized with restaurants, bars, hotels, stadiums, theaters and residential development, all within walking distance. The number of downtown residents is expected to double in the next couple years with the building of several multifamily developments, as well as projects like the 500 Crawford, a residential complex which will include a sports lounge and viewing deck overlooking the ballpark, as well as the 225-room luxury high rise Hotel Alessandra, which will join the skyline in 2016. These new additions will undoubtedly bring continued development, but there’s already much to do in the downtown area on any given day. Catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park, explore the shops at GreenStreet, see a show at Theater Under the Stars, take a stroll through Discovery Green, or watch an outdoor movie over a picnic at Market Square Park. Not only has this renaissance of sorts been bringing the community together in green urban spaces, but it’s also reviving downtown as the hub of the city. The light rail’s 13-mile Red Line runs along Main Street, providing connection to Midtown, the Museum District and more.
Other Spots to See
Enjoy the rest of our walkable Houston city guide that lets you easily ditch your car and explore three neighborhoods by foot or bike.
Museum District / Montrose
An essay by Chris Shepherd of Underbelly
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Photography: Chris Perez